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Celebrating Indigenous Nurses

“We are the ones that our ancestors have been waiting for” – Rose Melnyk **This episode is a re-recording due to audio issues with the original, our apologies go out to the Indigenous nurses who took the time to share their stories & experiences with Gerry. ** This weeks episode is titled “Celebrating Indigenous Nurses” This is a very special episode for Gerry, as he shared the space with Indigenous nurses Rose Melnyk, Tamara Bob, Lisa Bouroque Bearskin, and Cassie Michell Bader. These Indigenous medical workers brought amazing inspiration to the podcast! They shared about difficulties working their way through school & their current professions, as well great insights to how they overcame while holding onto their Indigenous teachings in a modern work field.

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Going Home to FitNation

“Movement is Medicine, Motion is Lotion” Teachings in the air is in its 5th season of #StrongMindBodySpiritHeart In this episode, Gerry Oldman shares the space with the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity, & Recreation Council (ISPARC). Gerry shares personal stories and experiences including health, physical activity, and sports with his guests Richard Peter, Amanda de Faye, Dwayne Roberts, and Daniel Young-Mercer. ISPARC started in 2007 in hopes to improve the health & wellbeing of BC’s Indigenous people. Now, a provincial organization with the purpose of improving the health of BC Indigenous people’s by encouraging physical activity in individuals, families, and communities.

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Absolute Fairness for All

“I knew that I had to personally change to be effective, I had to free myself…& believe in change”- Gerry Oleman Welcome to the 13th episode in Season 5 of Teachings in the Air. This week’s episode is titled “Absolute Fairness for All” Gerry shares the space with San’yas team members Kelly Pollock, Arezou Soltani, and Robin Smoker-Peters. Gerry shares a conversation with the team about systemic racism in Canada and help create understanding & inspire people to carry on. The San’yas team & Gerry share the work they’re doing in order to help fight back against racism through their facilitation work, personal experiences, and motivations.

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The Beauty Way

“I just have to say that to our relatives out there, Come Home, fight to get back” – Aaron Nelson-Moody This week’s episode of TIA is titled “The Beauty Way.” Gerry shares the space with Indigenous artists Splash (Aaron Nelson-Moody), Nashmenetanaht (Atheana Picha), and Sydney Pickering to share a discussion about their journeys to becoming Indigenous artists in the modern day. Looking back at how art and culture were taken away from the communities and where it is today in reclaiming it. Also a deeper look into their personal philosophies, inspirations, and teachings they’d like to share with the community.

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Free Yourself

“I heard them sing with hand drums, and I watched them. I could see them identify totally as Indigenous. Just by being in contact with culture.” – Gerry Oldman This week’s episode of Teachings in the Air is titled “Free Yourself” as Gerry shares the space with his guests Lori Pruce (Director of Indigenous Programs & Relationships) and James Knighton (Indigenous Programs & Relationships Analyst) of BC Corrections. This episode is a deep look into our history in this country in regard to corrections and what is being done to help the overrepresented Indigenous community in the prison system of Canada. Gerry shares personal stories and history with Lori & James about the corrections institutions and the work going into helping and reaching the community, no matter where they are. Season 5 of Teachings in the Air is about #StrongMindBodySpiritHeart

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Diabetes World

“We were Very healthy, so let’s go home to that…being healthy” This week’s episode of Teachings in the Air is titled “Strong Spirits Living in a Diabetes World” Gerry Oldman shares the space with members of the Board of Directors & Staff of the National Indigenous Diabetes Association (NIDA). We had the honor of hosting NIDA board members Margaretta James, Mary Beaucage, and Mike Alexander for a personal story sharing of living with Diabetes and what inspires, helps, and encourages them in their daily lives as board members of NIDA and also living every day with diabetes themselves. Gerry has spent a long time discussing prominent issues in the community, and he is very thankful to have guests who are at the front of informing about Diabetes and sharing their stories.